NFL trade rumors continue to pick up steam following the Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz blockbusters. Fellow quarterback Sam Darnold was just moved, too. Meanwhile, reigning NFL passing champion Deshaun Watson requested a trade from the Houston Texans prior to troubling allegations of sexual assault.
While there’s a lot of talk about quarterbacks, other positions have taken center stage as the NFL offseason continues. Below, we’ll give you constant updates as NFL rumors continue to heat up.
Updated: May 11, 2021, 6:50 PM EST
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers are not in a good place
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported recently that the Packers have offered Aaron Rodgers a massive long-term contract amid a trade request on the part of the reigning NFL MVP. Unfortunately, said report also noted that Rodgers and the Packers are not in a good place. Meanwhile, he’s reportedly talked to other Packers players about potentially joining him should he be traded. That could include impending free agent Davante Adams, who is now questioning his own future in Green Bay.
Detroit Lions attempted to trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft
Moments before selecting Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell with the seventh pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, new Lions general manager Brad Holmes was on the clock with the Atlanta Falcons about moving up to the fourth selection. It’s unclear who the target might have been. However, Atlanta ended up taking generational tight end prospect Kyle Pitts while the Lions found a franchise left tackle for Jared Goff. This non trade was likely a win-win.
Updated: May 5, 1:35 PM EST
Denver Broncos options at tackle after Ja’Wuan James’ injury
Mere days after adding to a stacked defensive backfield with Patrick Surtain II with the ninth pick in the draft, Denver saw its starting right tackle go down with a season-ending Achilles’ injury. This has George Paton and Co. behind the proverbial eight-ball. Denver is bringing in Bobby Massie and Dennis Kelly for visits. Mitchell Schwartz and the recently-released Charles Leno are options, too. Either way, the Broncos need to find a starter-caliber right tackle in front of either Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater. Unfortunately, the NFL free agent market at that position is thin.
San Francisco 49ers were always targeting Trey Lance in trade up
The narrative being thrown around by the national media leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft concluded that the San Francisco 49ers were targeting Mac Jones with the third pick. It was almost a foregone conclusion, according to some. However, it never really made sense to give up two future firsts for a limited quarterback. Instead, it has been noted that the 49ers have been targeting Trey Lance since January with the other option being Justin Fields. Both represent lower ceiling, but have much higher upsides than Jones. In the end, San Francisco hitched itself to Lance.
Philadelphia Eagles still asking for too much in Zach Ertz trade
Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reported during the annual NFL Draft that Philadelphia was demanding a third-round pick for this former Pro Bowl tight end. Said price was seen as too high for interested teams. It makes sense with the 30-year-old Ertz coming off a career-worst season that saw him record just 36 receptions for 335 yards. He’s slated to count $12.72 million against the cap in 2021, $8.5 million of which an acquiring team would be on the hook for. The Cleveland Browns had in the past shown interest in the veteran.